Residents Push for Corrupt Officials to Pay Debts

By Wisdom Mumera

Harare residents are pushing for alleged corrupt Harare City Council officials to pay the residents’ debt bills as compensation for the money which they fleeced the city and have proceeded to draft a  provisional petition to Parliament imploring it to intervene in the Council issues.

The residents have earmarked former Town Clerk Tendai Mahachi and his predecessor former acting town clerk Josephine Ncube.

Other senior managers aimed for are city health boss Prosper Chonzi, former water director Christopher Zvobgo, works director Philip Pfukwa and human capital director, Cainos Chingombe.

The residents, who met in Harare on Wednesday with Southern Africa Parliamentary Support Trust (SAPST) officials to be appraised on petition writing methods, accused the officials of insensitivity.

Programs Manager for Harare Water Alliance James Chidhakwa said the $144 million Chinese loan had not been explained to the residents.

“That money was supposed to service Morton Jaffray so that we get clean water,” he said.

Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) Executive Director Mfundo Mlilo concurred with them saying the cost of water is set to be raised this year despite vast amounts of money being unaccounted for.

“Cost of water is expensive and this year its set to increase by 250% which is unacceptable without explanations about the abused funds,” he said.

An audit done by the Local Government revealed that former Harare town clerk Tendai Mahachi and six other senior council workers allegedly siphoned more than $1 million through dubious allowances and perks.

On their part Harare residents owe the Council over 700 million.

In 2013 Harare City Council lost $335 million in revenue after Government ordered local authorities to write off debts.

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